Trip in countdown to Communist Party congress shows Xi Jinping’s confidence, experts say


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The timing of President Xi Jinping’s first trip abroad in more than two years – just ahead of next month’s 20th Communist Party congress – is a display of confidence in his status and power, experts say. Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that Xi would visit the country on September 14. The announcement followed an earlier statement by Beijing that Li Zhanshu, the head of the country’s legislature, would leave for Russia on Wednesday for an 11-day trip. Xi wants ‘new era’ for China economy, leaving Deng’s ‘get rich’ policy behind The two international trips will be...